Submitted by Jim Phelps on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:20pm
TOP BACK--Fairbury High School Head Football Coach Derek Garfield, left, has been working with Jacob Johnson, right, on becoming an elite running back. (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Fairbury sophomore running back Jacob Johnson is a special player in many ways.
Johnson is an offensive weapon that is a threat every time he touches the football.
With his God-given athletic ability and talent, Johnson experienced a special night on the football field Sept. 18, as he rushed the ball 19 times for 335 yards along with scoring seven rushing touchdowns in Fairbury’s 53-24 homecoming win versus Johnson County Central.
The seven touchdowns tied a Class C-1 state record.
Jacob got introduced to playing football by competing in youth tackle football in the third grade.
“The game of football got in my blood and it has been my favorite sport ever since. I like every part of the game, as it is fun to watch as well as play,” said Johnson.
Throughout his career from youth to high school football, Jacob has had a number of key influences along the way.
Submitted by Tim Linscott on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:19pm
The Fairbury Journal-News will be saluting our local veterans with a special section on Nov. 11 and giving back to a local group.
“Saluting Our Veterans” will begin this week with a form on Page 2. Anyone in the community that wants to pay tribute to a veteran in their life can fill out the form and attach a photo. Photos can be sent via e-mail, or brought to the Journal-News, 515 Fifth Street, Fairbury, mailed to PO Box 415, Fairbury, Ne., 68352 (with a self-addressed, stamped enveloped) or e-mailed to email@example.com.
Deadline for the salute is Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. The salute will appear in the Nov. 11 edition of the Journal-News, on Veterans Day.
There is a $10 fee for each salute and proceeds from the salute will be given to the local VFW.
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:19pm
IN THE GARDEN--Local children who are involved with the FYI Center worked hard to develop this youth garden project designed to give children a better understanding of nutrition and to instill key values that will help them in the future. (Contributed photo/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
The Family and Youth Involvement (FYI) Center in Fairbury has undertaken a new project meant to help children become more active in the city by growing and tending to a community garden.
Christopher Scolari, one of the organizers of the project, explained that this project was a result of plans that were made in the spring to help get the children more involved. They received funding for this project through a grant. The money was used to purchase the materials needed to create the garden and to clear the plot of land that was donated to the FYI Center.
“We came up with ideas for how we wanted to plant the garden, because the land across the street (where the garden is located) is filled with rocks, glass, trash and it’s kind of bad,” said Scolari. “So what we did was we built raised garden boxes out of wood, and we filled that up with dirt from another place that was donated to us by a community partner.”
Submitted by Shaun Friedrichsen on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:18pm
On Sunday, Sept. 27 the Fairbury Optimist Club partnered with high-school students who participate in Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Cross Country to clean a four-mile stretch of Highway 15 located south of Fairbury.
Diane Schutt, president of the Optimist Club, explained that it took the group a few hours to complete the project. She was pleased that the project was accomplished in that short amount of time.
“We had a small but hard-working group of people,” said Schutt. “We worked the four-mile stretch from the Kansas line to four miles north on Highway 15. We did it in about two hours.”
Already, the group is planning to expand the turnout for this project next year by forming partnerships with other high-school organizations. Schutt believes that this was a great project in which the Optimist Club participated.
“It was a good experience,” Schutt said. “Hopefully we'll get more kids next time we do it.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:17pm
Above: The FYI Center in Fairbury held a Family Fun Night event on Sept. 24, blocking off the street in front of the center to have families come out for a free meal and games. Brandon Dean had fun blowing bubbles with friends at the event. Right: Among the many games was catching a ball in a cup, played by Riley Snyder. (Photo by Shaunte Dean/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:16pm
Lyn Robinson, of Concordia, Kan., who is commonly known as the Treeslayer, will be performing chainsaw carvings at Endicott’s Lord’s Acre Day as a way to help raise money for the United Methodist Church in Endicott.
Robinson, who makes wood carvings with a chainsaw, will be carving various pieces throughout the day at the Lord’s Acre Day celebration. He explained that he was invited to perform at the event by people who had seen his work at other events.
“I’ve never been to the festival before, but I met some people that live there in town, and they liked my work, so they invited me up to do some carving for Lord’s Acre Day,” said Robinson. “At the festival I’ll be doing some carving. I’ll probably carve at least six or seven nice pieces of stuff. I’ll be there all day carving.”
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:12pm
The First Friday Art Walk is scheduled for this Friday, Oct 2 in downtown Fairbury. The Art Walk will feature stops at the Jefferson County Art Guild and Stagecoach Mall Antiques & Tasting Room, where local artists showcase their talents and wares.
Live music featuring the band, “37 Years” and a wine tasting featuring James Arthur Vineyards will begin at 6 p.m., in the Tasting Room. For more information, log on to www.Fairbury.com.
Submitted by Fairbury1 on Wed, 09/30/2015 - 1:11pm
The 2015 Tri County Homecoming Royalty was named Friday, Sept. 25. Shane Jiskra, left, was named King and Cheyenne Gerlach, right, was Queen. Jiskra is the son of Doug and Diane Jiskra and Gerlach is the daughter of Rick and Amy Gerlach. The homecoming dance was held after the ceremony with the theme “Winter Wonderland.” (Photo by Jim Phelps/www.fairburyjournalnews.com)